New signs for Booth Bed Lane junction

Residents may have noticed that all the warning signs are being replaced/upgraded at the junction of Booth Bed Lane/Hermitage Lane with Main Road.  Goostrey Parish Council received representations about the dangers there and analysis showed that all the accidents that have occurred there had been due to drivers coming from Booth Bed Lane or Hermitage Lane not realising that there is a junction and going straight across.  Although the visibility is poor, those who stop at the junction and move out slowly had not caused any accidents.

Although on-site discussions with CEC Highways showed that there is very little space to improve the junction itself some improvements could be made: the lights on the ‘stop’ signs had failed on both sides and some of the signage was badly positioned or discoloured.  Therefore CEC agreed to upgrade and replace the signs with new ones, and also to add some new road markings.   The Parish Council will continue to monitor the situation once the upgrades are complete.

Booth Bed Lane junction

Delay to Station Bridge

Update on Goostrey station bridge from the Parish Council:

Cheshire East Highways have informed us that the scheme to install a safe area for pedestrians to cross the Station Bridge and traffic lights is on hold.  We received the following explanation directly from Cheshire East Highways last week.

“The scheme was programmed in to commence on site in March 2019, however after meeting with the Contractors on site to discuss the buildability aspects of the scheme, it became apparent that it would not be possible to implement the scheme as per the original design.  This is mainly down to the complexities of the site in terms of the highway boundary extents.

Goostrey station

Station bridge

We have therefore had no option but to place the scheme on hold while we investigate other options in order to ensure that we design and deliver a workable solution that is safe for all road users.

I appreciate this is not the news you wanted to hear, however I can assure you that we are working hard to explore other options to enable the scheme to be constructed”. Highways


We are extremely disappointed in this new delay, however we are in regular contact with Cheshire East Highways to establish when a “buildable” scheme can be implemented.’  Goostrey Parish Council. 

Seniors’ festive lunch

More than 100 of Goostrey’s senior residents enjoyed a festive lunch,
sponsored by the Parish Council, on Sunday 25th November at the Village
Hall.  The meal was accompanied by seasonal music played by Hannah on the
piano and the opportunity was taken for everyone to sing a Happy Birthday to
Margaret Kettle.  

It was a lovely community day – Ken Morris, Chairman of the Council, thanked Sharon, the Parish Clerk, for all the behind-the-scenes organisation, the Brownies for
making the table decorations, the Guides for washing up, the caterers and
servers for the excellent lunch and everyone for coming and making this one
of our traditional village events.

Senior’s lunch 2018

Seniors’ lunch

Parish Council: vacancy for councillor

Would you like to join Goostrey’s Parish Council ?

There is currently a vacancy for a councillor to be co-opted onto the Parish Council; if you are interested in applying please send an e-mail or letter to the Clerk explaining why you are interested and what you think you would contribute to the Parish.

*Application letters must reach the council by 5pm on 24th Oct.

For more details on what is involved contact Sharon Jones, the Parish Clerk:

Phone: 01477 535825 or


Write: Sharon Jones, The Village Hall, Goostrey CW4 8PE

Last day for comments on the Grange 8

Today is the last day for submitting comments on the application for 8 houses at The Grange Livery’s stables and menage off Station Road.  Click the link to CEC planning portal: 18/4079C.   (Your name is required but it won’t show on the objection)

Goostrey Parish Council voted to object last night, due to the conflict with policies in the Neighbourhood Plan and supporting JBO – if they object.

Jodrell Bank Observatory are, LG believes, most likely to object – having previously objected to 6 houses opposite Mt Pleasant, 3 next to the Red Lion and 6 at Swallowdale behind it, all at a greater distance.

The application itself is for outline planning (generally used to find out if the scale and nature of a proposal will be acceptable without incurring costs before final details are submitted at ‘reserved matters’ stage).

CEC’s draft Site Allocations document states that no allocation for further houses or sites are required for Goostrey.

Link to LoveGoostrey page


Scout Bonfire, Hiking and Washing up – the fundraising continues!

Not only was The Goostrey Bonfire and Firework Night a lot of fun but it also raised nearly £5000 towards repaying the outstanding loan of £50,000 towards the new Scout Hut and youth centre.

For the first time on Bonfire Night, the car park of the new Scout Hut was the venue for hospitality – including BBQ food served by Scout helpers – and the funfair held in the play area behind the hut. The magnificent bonfire and fireworks took centre stage on the adjacent field.

Brilliant bonfire by Deborah Goldsmith

2017 Brilliant bonfire; Deborah Goldsmith

Group Scout Leader, David Giles said: “Thanks to all who attended the Bonfire Night event and everyone who helped on the night to make it such a success. I am thrilled that the evening raised more than £4,750 – including a generous £1000 contribution from Barclays Bank from its “£ for £” scheme. ”

Even more money was raised by the scout section this month; a sponsored hike and lots of washing up!

The sponsored hike – postponed from late October – was held over the weekend of 18-19 November.  More than £800 was raised by the 22 scouts and 10 leaders from 1st Goostrey Scouts when they walked a 40km section of the Sandstone trail over two days to raise funds for the Scout Hut and Youth Centre. The route was from Frodsham to Bickerton – passing both Beeston and Peckforton Castles.  Congratulations to all the scouts, their families and their leaders!

Many thanks to all who sponsored our intrepid scouts, and if other residents would like to join in, donations would be very welcome at:

The same weekend, other scouts who did the washing up after the senior citizens’ Christmas Lunch on 19 November “earned” a further £130 towards the Scout Hut, including a donation of £100 from Goostrey Parish Council.  Well done all!


Christmas lunch. Photo John Williams

Donations can be made directly to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre at:
Dates for the diary:

Sunday 3rd December 2017 – Come to the annual Christmas Lights Switch On at the Bogbean – from 5 pm onwards, organised by 1st Goostrey Scouts on behalf of the Parish Council. There is something for everyone: bring children to meet Santa, listen to a wonderful brass band and join in singing Christmas Carols, enjoy lovely BBQ food, hot drinks and mulled wine, and browse at Christmas Stalls.

Christmas Post – Collections from 1st – 19 December

Once again the scouts are running a Christmas post, delivering Christmas cards around Goostrey and Holmes Chapel to raise funds. The cost is 30p per envelope. Please put your cards and money (or cheque payable to 1st Goostrey Scouts) in a bag and pop these into the special post boxes to be found in Goostrey News, the Trading Post or at the Scout Hut.

6 December and 9 December – Father Christmas will be arriving on his sleigh and visiting Goostrey West in the evening of Wed 6 December, and Goostrey East on Sat 9 December, thanks to the generous support from the Rotary Club of Holmes Chapel and District.

Booking enquiries for the Scout Hut – whether for the main hall, the upstairs room or the Ian Godfrey Meeting Room – please contact: Group Treasurer, Mrs Beverley Giles, on: 01477 535634.
For further information re: 1st Goostrey Scouts, please contact:
David Giles, Group Scout Leader – tel: 01477 535634; Email: